21.3.16

Examination Special: 8 Ways to Eat Healthy During Exams

Examination Special: 8 Tips to Excel in Exams
Meals are usually neglected during exams as more time is given to studying the syllabus. However, eating healthy food is one of the key factors to excelling in exams because it keeps your body and mind fit. Here’s how to eat healthy during exams.

1. Start with a Hearty Breakfast
Oats, muesli, idlis, eggs and upma are the best options to start your day with as they provide a constant and steady supply of glucose to your body. This will keep you energetic throughout the day.

2. Small Bites
Eat small meals throughout the day and don’t load yourself with large meals as that can make you lethargic. Stick to small, frequent and healthy meals like fresh fruits, dry fruits, smoothies, soups and salads.

3. Include Proteins
If you’ve had a breakfast rich in proteins like eggs,poha, idlis or dosa, it will give your body a constant supply of energy. Include such proteins throughout the day to keep your mind alert and active.

4. Memory Enhancing Foods
Almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, cucumbers and watermelon will help in improving memory and concentration. Nuts are full of DHA, which is needed in high levels in the brain and eyes for learning and memory.

5. Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated is another way of keeping your mind alert and active. When dehydrated, the mind and body are dazed and restless, thus making it hard to concentrate on studies. Drink water or have fresh fruit juices, buttermilk or nimbu paani.

6. Avoid Too Much Caffeine
Drinking too much coffee and energy drinks during exams is very unhealthy as it can disturb sleeping patterns.

7. Avoid Processed Foods
Foods like chocolates, cookies and canned products can cause a sudden increase in sugar levels in the blood. These foods can also damage brain cells and cause drowsiness and difficulty in concentrating.

8. Avoid Eating Outside Food During Exams
Exams are times of high stress and low immunity, which can make you more prone to infections. Avoid eating outside food as much as possible.

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